Bread of Life Church International Mapalo, Ndola, Zambia
Vision <ul><li>Bringing thousands into the </li></ul><ul><li>Kingdom </li></ul>through door to door evangelism, planting of churches, and feeding people with bread of life.
<ul><li>We want to bring good </li></ul><ul><li>news to the poor , </li></ul><ul><li>proclaim liberty to the captives , </li></ul><ul><li>sight to the blind , </li></ul><ul><li>and freedom to the </li></ul><ul><li>Oppressed . </li></ul><ul><li>Through our ministries, we empower children, people living with HIV/AIDS, the disabled, widows, orphans, youth and the needy in our community </li></ul>
Community Profile: Mapalo <ul><li>Mapalo is a high density area with the population of 60 000 people </li></ul><ul><li>(largest in Ndola). Majority of Mapalo residents live on less than a dollar a day because of shut down industries and privatisation. </li></ul>Many companies that once provided employment for the citizens of Mapalo have closed, leaving more than 80% of the residents unemployed
<ul><li>The economy of Mapalo was stimulated by employment offered by government companies. The shut down industries and privatisation has led people to start farming and small businesses in small shops. </li></ul>One of the small shops in Mapalo. Farmers taking their produce to the local market.
Youth in Mapalo <ul><li>Since many youth do not attend school, they become prone to drugs, alcohol abuse, thievery and prostitution. </li></ul><ul><li>The Youth Action Club in Mapalo are promoting Chastity and enhancing the effectiveness of abstinence in our communities. </li></ul><ul><li>High levels of unemployment and poverty make it difficult for parents to send their children to school. </li></ul>
Adults in Mapalo <ul><li>Many adults are peasant farmers with small gardens , but the area they garden are often too small to sustain the family. </li></ul>The farming field with more than 20 people allocated in the field shown. One type of vegetables grown ( locally called rape)
Most male adults have no jobs and spend most of the time drinking local brewed beer. These are female members of the church cooking traditional food for orphans and Vulnerable at our community school. Men drinking local beer
Our Church We meet in the church hall, while the children (Sunday school) meet in one of the rooms in our community school. This is to teach the children separately in their own context (Knowledge).
Sunday Service <ul><li>An example of activities in our services are: praise and worship, Pentecostal prayers, testimonies from the congregation, a sermon, and sometimes afterwards an alter call for the sick and to cast out demons. </li></ul>We start our service with intercession to pray for spiritual growth for members in church and issues affecting our people in the community. During the service we enjoy the fellowship and gather as a community in prayer.
We love prayers and the teachings from the bible in the church During the sermon Pastor Peter-Praying Pastor Peter Preaching
Train a child in the way he should grow and when he is old he will not depart from it. This is our Sunday school. Here, our children learn about the Lord through song, dance and story. Our Sunday school children responding by answering questions.
This is our community school, here the orphans and vulnerable children have the opportunity to attain primary education. we only have one government school in our community which can’t accommodate all the children in Mapalo. Our community school Samson, a teacher giving the results to the pupils
Our community school has three classrooms and has 550 orphans & vulnerable – we hope to build toilets for our community school so that orphans and vulnerable can be catered with hygiene while being in the learning environment.
Church Ministries <ul><li>Spiritually our church focuses on bringing thousands in the Kingdom through seeking the kingdom first, impacting survival skills, and spiritual guidance. </li></ul>Spiritually, we want to do what is right, to love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
Women’s Ministry This is our knitting machine we use to give women practical, ‘survival’ skills Our sewing machines
Youth Ministry This is our church drama group practicing a drama about issues such as HIV/AIDS awareness, chastity, love and behavior change process. Playing football in the week as the youths prepare for HIV/AIDS cup. Most of our activities are grounded in fellowship, prayer, and promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and abstinence.
Home Based Care Our church recognizes the need to help people living and affected with HIV/AIDS in our community. we are supporting 20 clients who are terminally ill with nutritional supplements under the program of Home Based Care (HBC) on a monthly basis As it said in Zambia, “ if you are not infected, you are affected.” We give nutritional, educational and recreational support to orphans.
Partnerships: Local Community We work closely with other local churches, sometimes holding joint events. Our pastor is also involved in the pastor’s fellowship who are pastors in churches working together to bring transformation to our community. Mapalo has one ward, with a Resident Development Committee (R.D.C). Our pastor is involved and is invited to discuss issues affecting our community. This gives him an opportunities to advocate for further development of the community.
The Future Our church has great vision for the future. Seeing the amazing challenges facing our community, we want our ministries to impart skills to the vulnerable. We would like to expand programs in teaching carpentry, tailoring and agriculture skills. We want to grow (expand) nutritional programmes, have a bole hole, build modern toilets for our community school, and evangelism. For now, we are moving at a sustainable pace –With the amazing grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have hope of achieving these goals.
Partnerships: We network with fifteen other churches on issues related to leadership, spiritual growth and social development. We thank God for support, training and practical help we receive from well wishers.